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Scandalized E-mail Victimizes Eton Wick Councilor

In a latest e-mail scam, Peter Lawless, Eton Wick Councilor was victimized, reported sloughexpress.co.uk on July 18, 2011. Notably, Eton Wick is a village located in the English county of Berkshire on the western outskirts of London.

The scam e-mail, masquerading Lawless, successfully gained mercy of ignorant recipients (the contacts on Lawless's address book) by stating his situation of utter dismay. He portrayed himself to be under the plunge of gunman in Madrid and pleaded recipients to send him money in Spain to the earliest through Western Union.

The fraud e-mail contained the mobile phone number and email address of Lawless.

But in actuality, Lawless was staying safe and sound at his residence in Eton Wick.

Lawless seemed to be aware of such scams and was not at all taken aback by such scrupulous misdeeds of cyber crooks. He assured of acknowledging the falsified deed of rogues and confirmed to contact his friends on his present state of safety through a statement published in sloughexpress.co.uk on July 18, 2011. He comically added that he would pleasingly greet money from people who in spite of learning his state is interested to help him.

However, Lawless is a victim of stranded traveler's scam, commonly known as advanced fee fraud, named after section 419 of the Nigerian Criminal Code, dealing with fake money laundering, stated security experts.

According to the security experts, modus operandi of similar scams like this is to play with people's emotion through desperate mails. In these types of mails, recipients receive mails from their friend's account seeking their monetary help due to inconvenience and unavoidable situation faced by the mailer. Recipients generally fall prey to it as they appear to be arriving from legit email account.

Experts' advice users that in case they get an e-mail like the aforementioned one, they should call their friends or message back asking a question only their real friend would know to avoid falling for the conmen's trap. Scam victims should file a complaint with the concerned authorities, they add.

However, experts suggests that users trapped in these kinds of forgery should either call back their friends or message them back with personal questions that can be answered by their friends only. Also, victims of scam e-mails should file complaints to avoid unnecessary harassment in the future.

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